Archive for May, 2010

Continental Recalls, Reactivates Pilots

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
By Kyle Garrett –

Continental Airlines is beginning to recall some of the pilots it furloughed in 2008, and is reactivating some pilots who took a voluntary leave of absence. According to a May 19th article on, a spokesperson for Continental confirmed that 15 furloughed pilots and over 100 pilots on voluntary leaves have been recalled / reactivated respectively.

The pilots are being brought back on as Continental increases its international flight schedule and replaces retiring pilots.

According to the article, “Hunter Keay, senior airline analyst for Stifel Nicolaus & Co., said the recall is a small but positive sign for the airline industry.”

California Flight Schools Face New Challenges

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
By Kyle Garrett –

Some California flight schools could learn their fate in a June 7th hearing in Sacramento. The hearing is scheduled to hash out exactly how to apply the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009, a law passed last fall, to flight school operations. The law is designed to protect students attending postsecondary shools from financial loss should the school close or become unable to fulfill its obligation to the students.

According to an AOPA Online article published on May 19th, 2010, uncertainty exists on exactly how California law makers will apply the statue to the various types of flight school operations including FAA Approved Part 141 schools, Part 61 schools, and private CFIs who operate their own businesses in either rental, pilot-owned, or CFI-owned aircraft.

The law calls for “approved” schools to pay a $5,000 initial fee, followed by a $1,000 annual fee, and finally to pay .75% of yearly flight training revenues into the program. The issue appears to be in determining which flight training operations are “approved”, and therefore subject to the new regulations and fees, and which aren’t. The AOPA article states that only FAA Part 141 schools will be burdened with the new obligations, but others, especially independent CFIs, are not so sure.

For more information…

read the AOPA Online article blog

UAV News – Predators on our Border… UAV’s Approved for Texas

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
By Kyle Garrett –

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the use of the first Predator UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) to patrol the U.S./Mexico border between Sierra Vista, AZ and Fort Huachuca, Texas, starting as soon as June 1, 2010. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security initially requested the use of UAVs and plans to bring another Predator online soon to patrol the remainder of the Texas border.

According to a May 15, 2010 article on the El Paso Times web site, the Predator UAV will “look for potential underground tunnels and the travel patterns of drug-trafficking organizations.” The article goes on to say that the Department of Homeland Security has been testing drones for border surveillance since June, 2004.

As UAV technology improves and the uses for UAVs expand, more and more UAV pilots and sensor operators will be needed. Expect to see more schools offering UAV training in the future.

UAV Training – University of North Dakota’s UAV Pilot Program

Monday, May 17th, 2010
By KyleGarrett – Aviation Schools Online

uav pilot trainingThe University of North Dakota is now promoting its UAV training program on The Bachelor’s degree program, the first of its kind in the U.S., prepares aspiring UAV pilots and sensor operators of the future for careers in this groundbreaking field.

According to the University of North Dakota (UND) website, “the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations degree from the University of North Dakota is being offered because of the increasing demand for qualified pilots and sensor operators in the rapidly growing field of unmanned aircraft systems operations.”

Visit UND’s web site for complete details on the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations degree.

Silverhawk Aviation Academy Gets M-1 Visa Approval, Adds Location

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
By Kyle Garrett – Aviation Schools Online

Silverhawk Aviation Academy announced today that it is now approved to offer helicopter pilot training to students using M-1 Visas and has opened a new training facility in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Silverhawk Aviation Academy

Silverhawk Aviation Academy

According to the company’s website, the Part 141 school operates eight helicopters and has been in the helicopter school business since 1998. The school typically has about 50 enrolled students at any given time.

According to Catherine Weber, Silverhawk’s owner, the school recently gained M-1 visa approval and is now actively pursuing international helicopter pilot candidates for training. M1 visas allow international students to attend training at schools in the U.S. that are not associated with a college or university for up to one year. However, immediately after graduating, M-1 visa students are required to return to their home country. In addition, unlike some other student visas, M-1 students are not allowed to work in the U.S. during training, or after attending training.

To learn more, please visit Silverhawk Aviation Academy‘s site, or request more info from Silverhawk.

ATP Announces Two New Campuses, Graduates Private Pilots

Monday, May 10th, 2010
By Kyle Garrett –

atp flight trainingAirline Transport Professionals (ATP) announced they have added two campuses to their nationwide network of flight training schools. The locations, in Chicago DuPage Airport (KDPA) and New York Long Island Airport (KISP) bring the school’s campus count up to 24. According to ATP, the new schools will offer flight training for private pilots, instrument training, and the company’s flagship Airline Career Pilot Program.

Jim Koziarski, ATP’s Vice President of Flight Operations, says the New York school has already graduated a class of private pilots and completed several ratings and awarded airline transport pilot licenses.

ATP operates a fleet of Piper Seminoles, Cessna 172s, and Diamond DA40s and includes simulator training in Frasca flight training devices. Click here for more information on ATP’s programs.

Florida Tech Announces Helicopter Pilot Degree Program

Friday, May 7th, 2010
By Kyle Garrett –

Aspiring helicopter pilots can now earn a four-year degree and attend professional helicopter training simultaneously at Florida Tech in Melbourne, FL. The new program, a joint venture between Florida Tech and Bristow Academy, will produce commercial helicopter pilots with instrument ratings who hold degrees in aviation management.

According to Steve Cusick, the college’s helicopter program director, Post 9/11 GI-Bill veterans could be able to fund the entire program through their benefits and should contact the school for more information.

Florida Tech is only one of a handful of universities offering a four year degree combined with helicopter pilot training. Other programs include those offered by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona and the University of North Dakota.

For more details, please see the full article at